Developer Guide (Version 1.12)

Using Protected Deployments

You can use Cloud Canvas to mark specific deployments as protected. Protected status makes it more difficult for users (typically, testers or developers) to inadvertently connect a development game client to live resources.

When a user starts a protected game, a message box notifies the user that he or she is attempting to use a protected deployment. The user is given the option to not connect before any potentially harmful data is transmitted.

The protection feature purposely uses a message box that "breaks" automation. If the scripts that run tests are configured to use a protected deployment, the Lumberyard client will not continue without human intervention.

When Protected Deployments Are Detected

When a game is run from Lumberyard Editor, protection is always detected. When a game is run from a Windows launcher, protection is detected only when the launcher is running in debug mode.

Marking a Deployment as Protected

Currently, you must set the protection from the lmbr_aws command line tool by using the protect-deployment command.

The protect-deployment command uses the following parameters.

--set <deployment_name> – Specifies that the deployment is protected.

--clear <deployment_name> – Specifies the deployment is not protected.

--show - Displays a list of currently protected deployments.

To display the protected status of deployments, you can also use either the list-deployments or list-mappings command.

Viewing Protected Status in Cloud Canvas Resource Manager

In Cloud Canvas Resource Manager, you can view, but not change, the status of protected deployments. The ability to change the protected status of deployments from Lumberyard Editor is planned for a future release.


Setting a deployment to protected does not prevent you from deploying or deleting resources by using Cloud Canvas Resource Manager or the lmbr_aws command line tool; it only enables the warning functionality. For this reason, be careful not to make unnecessary changes to critical deployments. A more comprehensive model for protecting deployments is planned for a future version of Lumberyard.